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Laurie Swain

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Laurie Swain

Laurie Swain

Legal Director

People

Laurie Swain

Laurie Swain

Legal Director

Laurie is an experienced police law practitioner and specialises in defending civil actions against the police. He undertakes work on high value and complex claims and is currently instructed in a number of high profile cases. Laurie also handles high value Multi-Track personal injury claims.

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Laurie is an experienced police law practitioner and specialises in defending civil actions against the police. He undertakes work on high value and complex claims and is currently instructed in a number of high profile cases. Laurie also handles high value Multi-Track personal injury claims.

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Laurie has excellent technical knowledge and handles a wide variety of claims against police forces throughout England and Wales, including claims in misfeasance, malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, assault and breaches of the Human Rights Act. Laurie has an excellent record of successfully defending claims at trial or securing discontinuances, strike outs and summary judgments in his clients' favour.

He has represented police forces and their insurers on high profile, complex and extremely sensitive claims, including claims arising from deaths in police custody or domestic violence homicides and the related Article 2 compliant inquests, claims alleging breaches of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and claims following arrests and prosecutions for high profile murders and Terrorism Act offences involving highly sensitive issues. Laurie was a central member of the team instructed to represent Operation Resolve at the Hillsborough Inquests.

Laurie handles catastrophic injury claims brought against police forces for significant brain injuries sustained during police custody. Laurie is also proficient in handling EL claims, including stress and harassment claims and claims under the Equality Act.

Experience
  • Instructed to represent Operation Resolve at the Inquests into the Hillsborough stadium disaster.
  • Successfully defended a claim for misfeasance in public office pursued by two claimants who had been convicted of a murder during race-related riots in Birmingham and subsequently imprisoned for 5 years until their acquittal following a re-trial.
  • Secured a discontinuance at the conclusion of the claimants' evidence in trial in which two ambulance technicians alleged that the police had operational responsibility for an incident involving a hazardous chemical and had assumed a duty of care over the other emergency services present and breached that duty by allowing them to enter and giving assurances as to their safety once inside the property.
  • Advised on a multi-million pound claim pursued by a young male who sustained a serious head injury prior to his arrest and went on to develop a catastrophic brain injury whilst in police custody.
  • Instructed to represent a police force in a novel claim pursued by the parents of a woman with severe learning difficulties (both in their own capacity and as Litigation Friend) against multiple defendants arising out of the removal of the woman from her parents' care following serious allegations of sexual assault.
  • Assisted in a claim by the family and Estate of a male who died whilst in police custody following the use of force on and restraint of the male whilst being transported to a nearby police station.
Sectors

Sectors

  • Employers' and Public Liability

  • Insurance & Reinsurance

  • Personal Injury